Vail Daily column: Meals brighten holiday for seniors |

Vail Daily column: Meals brighten holiday for seniors

Thanksgiving is one of America’s most popular and most cherished meals. This year, Visiting Angels, Sweet Basil, Paradigm restaurant and City Market want to make sure seniors in our community have the opportunity to enjoy this treasured culinary tradition.

For many of us, we may fondly remember the joys of the kitchen during the holidays with our parents and grandparents. I remember many dinners in which my brothers and I would sit on kitchen stools and watch as fabulous meals were prepared. Thanksgiving dinners were always somewhat unique. Few other dinners were prepared for as many family and friends.

Preparing such feasts often required lots of shopping, quite a bit of preparation and lots of help. Rarely was so much time and effort spent on meals just for the immediate family.

The difficulty of preparing a holiday meal for couples, singles

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Later in life, whether I lived with a roommate or by myself, it became apparent that cooking for one or two people required quite a bit of effort.

For couples or singles of any age, preparing a big meal is often exhausting and very time-consuming. For senior citizens, this could often be an arduous task.

The simple fact is that grocery shopping may not be as easy to do as it had once been, cooking may be a more difficult and tiring process, and meals may not be as fun to eat alone.

How to arrange a meal delivery

Thanks to the consideration of Sweet Basil and Paradigm restaurants, in addition to City Market and Visiting Angels, many Eagle county senior citizens will be receiving a free home delivered meal this Thanksgiving.

Seniors 65 and older who would like a Thanksgiving meal delivered to their home should call Visiting Angels at 970-328-5526 to make a reservation.

Additionally, if you know of a local senior who may appreciate a Thanksgiving dinner delivered to their home, please call us.

There are a limited amount of meals available, so those interested must call before noon Friday. Home deliveries are limited to four meals per household.

For those who may not have read the last few Tuesday articles, the Visiting Angels office, located in the town of Eagle at 120 E. Third St., will be doing its part to help bring some festive holiday cheer to seniors in the area.

Donating items seniors will enjoy

In addition to Visiting Angels reaching out to Eagle County restaurants and businesses to provide meals, we would like to encourage residents and businesses to donate items Eagle County seniors will enjoy. Suggestions of (new, not used) items that would be good to donate include:

• Blankets or throws

• Gift baskets

• Bath towels

• Bed linens

• Scrapbook and photobook supplies

• Tablets and iPads.

• Gift certificates to grocery stores and dining venues.

Senior wish program

Another option for those wishing to help our seniors this holiday season is to contact the Senior Wish program. If you would be interested in donating, please call Lynn Bowels at 970-445-8222.

If none of these suggestions have piqued your interest, and you would like to assist our local seniors, please call Carly Rietmann and Pat Nolan at Eagle County Human Health. Both Rietmann and Nolan will be happy to speak with you about donating to help our county’s seniors. They may be reached at 970-328-8896 and 970-328-8831.

Judson Haims is the owner of Visiting Angels Home Care in Eagle County. For more information, go to or call 970-328-5526.

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